Crowns and Bridges

Services:
General Dentistry | White Fillings | Teeth Whitening | Veneers | Invisalign | Porcelain Inlays/Onlays | Crowns/Bridges | Implants | Dentures | Sleep Apnea | Sedation Dentistry | Periodontics-Gum Therapy




Crowns
To place a crown, your dentist must reduce 1-2 mm of the tooth to make room for it. Your dentist will then use a piece of thread or cord or use a laser to push the gum down around the tooth, to take an impression of the tooth. The impressions are sent to the lab where the crown is made. During that time, you will have a temporary crown. These crowns are usually made of plastic and are made in your dentist's office on the day of your visit. They are not meant to last. If a temporary crown is left in the mouth, the cement eventually washes out, and the tooth can decay.

At a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. Sometimes crowns need additional polishing, or glaze or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it's cemented to your tooth.

Bridges
A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.

Key Benefits
•Replaces missing teeth
•Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
•Looks completely natural (with porcelain crowns/bridges)
•Fixes "smile" and functional chewing problems.